Author: Isabelle Steiger
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Published: May 16th 2017
An epic fantasy debut, The Empire’s Ghost weaves together the lives of the haves and the have-nots both desperately fighting to reassemble the remains of a fallen empire.
The empire of Elesthene once spanned a continent, but its rise heralded the death of magic. It tore itself apart from within, leaving behind a patchwork of kingdoms struggling to rebuild. But when a new dictator, the ambitious and enigmatic Imperator Elgar, seizes power in the old capital and seeks to recreate the lost empire anew, the other kingdoms have little hope of stopping him. Prince Kelken of Reglay finds himself at odds with his father at his country’s darkest hour; the marquise of Esthrades is unmatched in politics and strategy, but she sits at a staggering military disadvantage. And Issamira, the most powerful of the free countries, has shut itself off from the conflict, thrown into confusion by the disappearance of its crown prince and the ensuing struggle for succession.
Everything seems aligned in Elgar’s favor, but when he presses a band of insignificant but skilled alley-dwellers into his service for a mission of the greatest secrecy, they find an unexpected opportunity to alter the balance of power in the war. Through their actions and those of the remaining royals, they may uncover not just a way to defeat Elgar, but also a deeper truth about their world’s lost history.
Isabelle Steiger has crafted a powerful and masterful debut with The Empire's Ghost, the first book in a haunting new epic fantasy series.
This was provided for free by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion or the review to follow.
I’m not even going to lie you guys, when I first got this book in the mail, I was pretty damn intimidated by the size of this book. I mean, I’ve totally read books that are 600+ pages in a day or two, but I haven’t actually read a fantasy novel like this in that quick of a time. And lemme tell you, it did take me a little while to actually get through this entire book. BUT IT WAS SO WORTH IT.
It took me a couple chapters to really get into it, and the same went for every time I came back to reading it after I had some busy weeks at school and work. But, once I was in this book, I was in.
It was mentioned in a review I read before starting this book that the women in this novel were strong and sneaky, which is the perfect way to describe them. The men in this world are definitely running it, but that seems to be a very big thing throughout fantasy. The sneaky, clever moves they would do and how they would go about accomplishing everything reminded me of the main characters in Sarah J. Maas’s novels Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses.
If you’re looking for a slow building, but incredibly intricate world, this book is the one for you. Plus, since it’s now summer time, it’s the perfect book to read before school starts up again!
I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!